DEBATE:: Political Veterans’ Post-Debate Analysis: Mark Mellman, Frank Donatelli, John Podesta, David Winston – Washington Wire – WSJ
President Barack Obama, right, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wave to the audience during the debate in Denver, Colo.
We asked political veterans for their reactions to the Obama-Romney debate, and here they provide their analysis of who did best on which points, who had a stronger overall performance — and, most important, whether the debate could change votes. The contributors are Mark S. Mellman, Democratic pollster and Mellman Group president; Frank J. Donatelli, former Reagan political director and current GOPAC chairman; David Winston, GOP strategist and president of the Winston Group; and John Podesta, chairman of the Center for American Progress and former Clinton White House chief of staff.
David Winston: Romney Builds Momentum
Mitt Romney came into this debate with defining the choice of his vision for the country and Barack Obama’s. He had to change the political equilibrium of the race and prove he was capable of governing. That was his challenge.